What's the Word?

This game is is a good warm-up activity or a filler for the end of class.  Students can play the game in pairs or as teams. The teacher writes a word from a target list on a card. The teacher shows one player from each team (or pair) the word. The player that knows the word returns to the team and tries to define it. The player can only use English.  Synonyms, explanations and examples are all okay, but the player cannot use the word. The first team to shout the word aloud gets a point.  Playing to three points can take about ten minutes. 

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